6 Things You May Have Missed From Around Europe This Weekend

So, there goes another week and just like that it's international break time once again. 


On the continent, Real Madrid got back to winning ways, Bayern triumphed in Der Klassiker and the fallout from Patrice Evra getting his foot higher than anyone thought possible for a man of his age continued. 


Here are six more things you may not have picked up on from around Europe this weekend, including a foolproof way to prevent an in-form striker from scoring, Catalonia's first ever defeat and of course our weekly Benevento update.

6. Putting Out the Fire

Udinese came up with the perfect plan to stop ludicrously in-form Lazio front man Ciro Immobile on Sunday at Stadio Olimpico.


The red-hot striker was denied from adding to his 14 goals in 11 Serie A outings thanks to a downpour which forced the game to be postponed.


Lazio have done nothing but take home 'W's since a 1-4 humbling by Napoli in September, so visiting Udinese manager Luigi Delneri and his team - who have lost four of their last five away from home - were possibly just a teeny tiny bit relieved that their meeting will be rescheduled for another date. 


Possibly when Immobile has calmed down a bit.

5. Benevento Watch

Juventus came from a goal down to beat the worst side in any of Europe's 'big five' leagues to mark their 120th anniversary with a victory, while their two biggest rivals for the Scudetto, Napoli and Inter were held to draws.


The Old Lady, playing in a commemorative old fashioned style kit, went - to the surprise of everyone, including the goalscorer - a goal down before the break when Amato Ciciretti curled in a beauty of a free kick. The travelling supporters of the pointless 'Wizards', who have had just five strikes to cheer all season, were left looking a little perplexed at the magical turn of events.


However, normal service was resumed in the second half, when presumably freshly-hairdryered Gonzalo Higuain and Juan Cuadrado netted to secure an important 2-1 win.

4. Haves & Have Nots

Over in Ligue 1, in case you didn't know, there is something of a gap developing between those at the different business ends of the table.


The top quatre (who have collectively suffered one defeat of from all of their last six outings) all won in serious va va voomy style.


Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were at the double for Paris Saint-Germain in a 0-5 win at Angers. That was the same scoreline Marseille sans Evra saw off Caen and Lyon swatted aside St. Etienne. Monaco, meanwhile, went one better in their 6-0 demolition of Guingamp, in which Adama Traore (not the former Middlesbrough headless chicken) bagged two.

3. First Time for Everything

Espanyol picked up an unwanted place in history this weekend, as their 1-0 reverse at Alaves meant they became the first team from the newly-declared Catalan republic to lose a top flight fixture.


Barcelona and Girona, meanwhile, both maintained their 100% records since the declaration date of October 27.


Barça kept their title march on track with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla. Lionel Messi is - and this is something of a 'hot take' - quite good. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner ran the show and scored as Ernesto Valverde's side maintain a four-point lead at the point.


Meanwhile in Valencia, ex-Boro headless chicken Christian Stuani added the second as Girona followed up their victory over Real Madrid with another three points against Levante. 

2. Goals Galore for PSV

Already eight points clear at the top of the Eredivisie, PSV Eindhoven secured another victory with arguably the game of the season.


Phillip Cocu's side were pulled back three times against Shteve McClaren's old haunt Twente, before sealing a 4-3 victory in the 91st minute through a cruel Stefan Thesker own goal.


The only negative for PSV - who have an incredible 37 league goals already - was that Mexican sensation Hirving Lozano couldn't continue his record-breaking form.


In the week prior, the 22-year-old had become the first player in history to score in seven of his first eight outings in the Dutch top tier. In a league that has seen the likes of Luis Suarez and Ronaldo, that is some record.


PSV now boast all three of the Eredivisie's top scorers this season.

1. Spot the Ball

...And finally Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner made meme of himself on Saturday when he mistook the penalty spot for the ball in his side's 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.


The keeper briefly took his eyes off the prize while the ball rolled past him, before he took a big swing and a miss at the painted grass. Despite being closed down by the oncoming attacker, Zentner recovered just in time to ensure that everyone can look back on the incident with the appropriately German amount of schadenfreude without it costing his team points.


"It's incredible," he said to Sky, as quoted by the Bundesliga's official website. "I received the ball and then I look to see who I can pass to...maybe I saw something white out of the corner of my eye and I think that's the ball, but then I don't feel anything when I try to kick it."


Cue inevitable Liverpool transfer.

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